When I look back over the past month, it is easy to think that I am attempting all these life changes all across my life and it can’t possibly be sustainable. But that’s not where I am.

There is a huge sense of peace that I didn’t have in June, and that peace is motivating me to keep going. James Clear says it takes more than 2 months (66 days) of a new behavior before it becomes automatic (read: becomes habit). I am sitting at day 37 ready to charge into the last 30. Luckily most of those 30 days will still be during summer break, so it is my hope that I can commit these changes to muscle memory before the Busy Season returns.

James Clear says it takes more than 2 months (66 days) of a new behavior before it becomes automatic.

I’m sitting at the halfway point of Habit examining what I am adding to my life, and what I am removing:

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Goodbye, Gluten

Not only is it typically found in high GI foods, but it causes me gut distress. If I do eat it, it is in small amounts.

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Goodbye, Sugars

Added sugars are gone almost entirely. I’m keeping my carb load (total carbs – dietary fiber) to around 65g per day.

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So Long, Gravy Biscuits

Eating as a coping mechanism isn’t healthy and derails my progress. I’m replacing it with prayer and Pinterest.

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Later, Chemicals

Getting back to nature means my beloved coffee creamer is out. It also means I’ve committed to only using my aluminum-free deodorant.

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Hello, Exercise

I aim to go to the gym 3 times a week, and on the other days I stay on my feet around the house and as I’m out and about.

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Sup, Mom Tone

Yelling doesn’t put any of us in a good place. I’m actively channeling only-child parenting voice to rein in calm.

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Howdy, Soap

I don’t deny myself basic self care in the name of serving my family (or my community, or whoever else needs something).

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Hi, Honesty

I’m working on being honest with my family, my friends and my work clients. Honest about my needs and wants, and honest about my limitations.